Placing notices in The Gazette

The Gazette provides a permanent, official public record of important statutory and non-statutory notices that can be used to support legal and other processes, and act as a means of advertising public notices.

As an official public record, notices can only be placed by registered and verified people or organisations acting in an official capacity, who have the authority to create an official record of fact.

Before registering, check if you are an authorised notice placer. On registration, your authority to place the notice will be verified by our customer services team.

Once your registration has been accepted you can place any notice that you are authorised to place – though you may be required to provide additional supporting information before the notice can be published.

If you have already registered to place notices in The Gazette, you can sign in and place your notice here.

Notice submission options

There are various methods available for notice submission, and the most appropriate method for you will depend on the type and quantity of notices you wish to place:

To place notices by email, fax or post, please contact us.  Please note that other validation checks may be required to ensure that the notice is accurate, and that the legal, statutory and/or procedural requirements of the notice have been met. The full price list of each notice and submission route can be viewed here.

Web form, Excel template or XML notice submission

Web forms are ideal for placing a single notice at a time. They are easy to use and are currently available for placing:

  • deceased estates notices
  • winding up petitions (companies, partnerships)
  • creditors’ voluntary liquidations (resolutions, meetings, appointments, deemed consent)
  • intended/final dividends (personal insolvency)

XML files are ideal for submitting large quantities of notices. This submission route will require adherence to The Gazette schema, details of which are contained within The Gazette Developer Documentation.

Excel templates are available for deceased estates notices and are ideal for placing larger volumes of these notices. The template is limited to 20 notices per template, and can be downloaded from the ‘Place a notice page’, once you have registered and logged in. 

Placing a notice via web form, Excel template or XML is more cost-effective than by email, fax or post. The full price list of each notice and submission route can be viewed here.

A comprehensive, self-serve guide on how to submit and publish notices via web form, XML or Excel template directly through thegazette.co.uk can be viewed here.

Email, post or fax notice submission

You can place a notice by email, post or fax, if preferred, or if web form, template or XML submission is not available for the particular type of notice you require. If you are unsure about which category your notice is in, please contact customer services.

To place a notice via email, fax or post, email or telephone the Gazette edition that you wish to place the notice in – London, Edinburgh or Belfast. For example, if you wish to place a notice in The London Gazette, please email london@thegazette.co.uk. The contact details for each edition can be found below.

Please note that paperwork corresponding to the notice may be required before the notice can be placed, and payment will be required in advance.

To see a list of all notices that can be placed in The Gazette, see Notice codes for all Gazette notices.

Publication of a notice

When a notice is published in The Gazette, it will be published on www.thegazette.co.uk, and this is the official version. Hard copy printed and pdf editions are available:

  • The London Gazette is produced each working day, and will contain notices published online the day before.
  • The Edinburgh Gazette every Monday and Wednesday, and will contain notices published online in the preceding days.
  • The Belfast Gazette every Monday, which will contain all notices published online in the preceding week.

Timescales for notice placement

  • The London Gazette: notices that are submitted by email, post or fax should be received before 11:30am, at least two working days ahead of publication. Instant online publishing on the new submission site is available for selected notice types.
  • The Edinburgh Gazette: notices that are submitted by email, post or fax should be received before 9:30am the working day ahead of publication. Instant online publishing on the new submission site is available for selected notice types.
  • The Belfast Gazette: notices that are submitted by email, post or fax should be received before 3pm the working day ahead of publication. Instant online publishing on the new submission site is available for selected notice types.

Publishing and copy deadline dates may change during bank holidays.  For a full list of amended dates for the current UK bank holidays, please see bank holiday publishing and copy deadline dates.

If you have any questions, or would like to find out further information about notice submission, contact us.

Additional requirements and supporting information

In some instances, additional requirements and supporting documentation is needed before a notice may be placed. This supporting information allows us to verify the claim of the notice placer; it does not give a complete list of everything you must and must not do, nor does it constitute any legal advice.

Deceased estates (2903)

Notices can only be accepted from solicitors of the Supreme Court, a duly authorised official of a London Clearing bank, or, in the case of trustees, on presentation of the trust deed or relevant appointment document; and, in the case of personal representatives, on presentation of a copy of the death certificate, grant of probate or letter of administration.

There is a legal minimum requirement for a claims period of two months from the date of publication, during which creditors should contact executors. If you have a specific date intended for final receipt of claims against the estate, please include this with your notice. If you do not specify a date, The Gazette will publish a claims date which fulfills the minimum legal requirement (two months and a day after publication).

Petitions to wind up (companies 2450) (partnerships 2451)

Notices can be accepted from solicitors, accountants, insolvency practitioners, chartered secretaries and administrators recognised by United Kingdom professional bodies in these sectors.

Notices submitted by email, fax and post may be placed when accompanied by Form Comp 1: Apply to wind up a company that owes you money from the court and Form Comp 2: Confirm details of a 'winding up' petition (London Gazette), or the text of the petition as attested by a solicitor (Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes).

This notice should be placed in The Gazette at least seven clear working days after the petition has been served and seven clear working days before the hearing.

Dismissal of winding up petition (2461)

Notices can only be accepted for publication by the company (as long as they are not the petitioner) who is the subject of the winding up petition with a copy of the sealed court order showing the dismissal of the petition. This notice can only be placed 21 days after the date of the hearing, at which the petition was dismissed, and only if the petitioner fails to publish the dismissal notice. See 7.23; Chapter 3, Petition for winding-up order, The Insolvency (England and Wales) Rules 2016.

Injunctions to prevent publication

Court injunctions to prevent the publication of a petition to wind up notice should be sent as soon as possible by contacting The Gazette. A copy of the sealed court order will be required in order to prevent publication.

The Gazette allows the advertiser the ability to publish a notice immediately, if the advertiser of a notice wishes. This means that petitions to wind up could be published at 00:01 hours on working day eight after a petition has been served. The Gazette accepts no liability for the notice placement timing of the advertiser.

Re-use of a prohibited name (2403)

Notices can be accepted from solicitors, accountants, insolvency practitioners, chartered secretaries and administrators recognised by United Kingdom professional bodies in these sectors.

Notices may also be placed by individuals or companies when accompanied by Form Rule 22.4 notice to creditors – s216 re-use of a prohibited name.

Change in the members of a partnership (2701), dissolution of partnership (2702), and statement by general partner (2703)

Notices can be accepted from solicitors, accountants, insolvency practitioners, chartered secretaries and administrators who are recognised by United Kingdom professional bodies in these sectors.

Notices may also be placed by individuals or partners, when the notice has been signed by each partner.

Contact details

Please use these details if you are submitting notices by post, fax or email.

London

  • The London Gazette
  • PO Box 3584
  • Norwich NR7 7WD
  • T: +44 (0)333 200 2434
  • F: +44 (0)333 202 5080
  • E: london@thegazette.co.uk

Edinburgh

  • The Edinburgh Gazette
  • PO Box 3584
  • Norwich NR7 7WD
  • T: +44 (0)333 200 2434
  • F:  +44 (0)333 202 5080
  • E: edinburgh@thegazette.co.uk

Belfast

  • The Belfast Gazette
  • TSO Ireland
  • 19a Weavers Court, Weavers Court Business Park
  • Linfield Road
  • Belfast BT12 5GH
  • T: +44 (0)28 9089 5135
  • F: +44 (0)28 9023 5401
  • E: belfast@thegazette.co.uk

Submission of a notice will be taken as acceptance of our terms and conditions.